This "painting" actually depicts how I feel about said painting at this moment. (I'm having technical difficulties involving software at the moment, and have been driving everyone mad with it since it started up 2 days ago. You poor souls, I don't deserve your patience!) Hopefully, I can find a way to beat the Photoshop/Wacom tablet union into a peaceful and reliable one. If not, there just won't be anymore of this. Like it'll be missed... Fff.
This was a graphite drawing that I wanted to experiment with in Photoshop, much after the manner of this piece: It was also an experiment in the emotional expressions of my pallanoph species: Here we have (the antagonist) Tirlag at his wit's end, realizing the enormity of his losses. He has nothing left to cling to, and is cornered and weak with grief. Nharath and Adelaide, who have him at their mercy, see that he is a mad, pitiable creature, with fear and sadness in his eyes, and fury in his heart. (I promise I will try not to write him as cliched as he sounds... x_x)
Photoshop CS3/graphite, with some marble texture downloaded from CG Textures.
The Usual Disclaimer Statements: Pallanophs are not wolves, (omg y not?11!?) nor are they related to canines of any shape or size. Please don't put him in collections designated for such animals, he won't like the company and it makes us sad when peeps don't read. Reading is the future!!!!
The last of the overdue sketch and line art commissions, this one is for ~Hfoursaur. Given that it was overdue, I turned it into a bit of a drawing to apologize for the wait. (I'd give my nonexistent soul for the gift of speed, seriously!)
This is her darling barn owl/bobcat griffin character, Soliloquy. I was given a bit of free reign with her actual design, though I kept it pretty standard. Her face, however, has added whiskers, a bobcat ruff, and a couple feline face markings. Needless to say, I really loved drawing this character. I would draw more griffins myself, but always wonder where to put their wings.
In case it doesn't come across (I did my best, but perspective isn't one of my strengths) she is being viewed from above as she is looking up at this tree. Getting a better idea of how these shadows would work was also tough, but it's a far cry better than I used to do. Shadows and tone have been my more recent goals.
Graphite on Stonehenge paper, 9x12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm) (2.0 mm graphite leads are the best thing ever, seriously.)
I don't have too much to say on this one: It's a relatively old piece that I came across recently, and I couldn't avoid messing with it a little bit more.
The original drawing was done with a brush pen, so it's partly traditional, but the rest was done digitally using textures gathered from CG Textures. I'm far from proficient with digital media and things take ages for me to figure out, but that doesn't stop me from poking around with it now and again.
This portrait is not terribly accurate at portraying Sorstan's character, but I imagine it is how the other characters see him. Also, a few of you have mentioned the resemblance between pallanophs and fu dogs, which I love, so that was some of the inspiration for this. I like doing slightly stylized works now and again...
If you have any suggestions/questions/critiques on this sort of thing, I'd like to hear it. You may be surprised, but I'm not actually here for the ass-kissing.
Really though, I think I've only ever posted art of her twice, and that was in a sketchdump from... two years ago. Yarp. Anyway, Reivig the Blockhead Assassin fails to realize that Mirthond exists. And that she is pissed. Who prevails? I don't think I can tell you without revealing spoilers.
Both characters are pallanophs, aka my headworld species/subject of the novel-in-progress. Mirthond represents one of two leaders of the Skirdet tribe (alternative universe Sweden) and Reivig is an assassin from the Teirn tribe (Germania/central Europe).
What is a pallanoph, you may ask? Pallanophs are large, sentient, apex predators who are primarily carnivores, though supplement their diet with a wide array of plants/roots/berries/fungi. They have opposable dewclaws, complex/not quite human emotions, and they enjoy their physical prowess as well as their understanding of logical thought. They are curious about people, but not to be disrespected. (i.e. They would NOT tolerate being kept as pets, etc.) They have no solid relation to earth carnivores, though they share traits with felines, bears, and hyenas to some extent. They do not have any metaphysical capabilities, so no flying or zapping or fire or anything else peeps might call fun. (Hence "boring.")
This was posted mostly for my watchers who don't follow my Tumblr. Have some 'nophs! Eventually I'd like to throw some digital color on here, but for now... graphite powder.
I'm not doing the best job of uploading these sketches in larger chunks so as to avoid spam, but... such is life. Pretty much everything else I'll be doing in terms of commissioned work involves wings, so here we have some of the last quadrupeds that were commissioned.
Anyhow, these are sketch commissions for *sighthoundlady and ~CunningFox of their characters, Herla, a peacock feathered doe, and Soris, a sylphoid. It's amusing that I chose two vastly different anatomy types to share an upload, but we'll just pretend it's me diversifying. Either way, challenging characters to draw, given that neither of these animal types are much of a strength of mine. But hey! That's what learning is for.
I'm in an excellent mood, so have a pallanoph from my Tumblr.
My character Sorstan, demonstrating one of the more drastic submissive postures pallanophs may exhibit: Throat exposed, forelegs supinated, motionlessly calm. He is at the mercy of whichever authority he is addressing. (In this case, he may very well be begging Orstad for his comrade Reivig's life.)
Unfortunately, Sorstan's left paw did not want to be drawn properly. And his humerus could be longer... and his muzzle shorter... etc., etc.
Much to the dismay of some, pallanophs still aren't wolves or canines in general. (OMAIGAWDWHY????? ) Pallanoph proportions are still being ironed out, of course, but if you take a look here (pallanophblargh.tumblr.com/pos… you will start to understand just where they are headed. (Someday their heads will stay the proper size AUGH.)
Ballpoint (super cheap Bic!) pen, colored in Photoshop. Critiques and questions welcome.
Prints are available only through my Etsy shop![link]
EDIT: Finally getting around (again!) to posting the final version to this. YES, I went back into it, since there were some things that bothered me, and some were small enough to actually fix. So here it is, new and improved, finished for good this past December. Not that anyone will actually notice the differences, as the old version will no longer be here. (There's more shadowing and detail in the ground, as well as more shadows on the beast itself.) I'm planning on submitting it to the Spectrum 19 competition for fantasy art. I don't have that much of a chance of making it, but I've been determined to finish this piece up for it, and it'd be a waste of hours to not see it through. A special thanks to my fellow MCAD friends for supporting my insanity here. I don't know what I'd do without you.
---------------------------------- Some of you older watchers may remember this piece from a while back: It went through a few overhauls in the last few months, and then I spent entirely too much time deciding whether or not to call it "finished." Eventually I decided on leaving it be.
Of course, I'm sure there are still things amiss with it, but sometimes one must learn to let things go, or otherwise slip into madness. You could, however, still submit a critique if you feel so inclined.
Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, acrylic ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Artistico hot pressed 300 lb watercolor paper, 22 x 30" (55.88 x 76.2 cm) I have no idea how many hours, so if you ask I won't have an answer. Let's say at least 60.
More junk I'm submitting lately, but this is junk that has been improved enough to the point where I almost like it!
It's this pyrography It's just had its background removed, and color added in Photoshop. That's all. If you like it enough to want a print (and more!) of it, you can find that at my Society 6 account here: [link] (You're not obligated, obviously.)
Hooray, more attempts to try and please the masses with the (not so current) trendy animals. *failing terribly, of course* I like owls enough that I don't feel like a sellout.
EDIT: (1-27-2013) File has been given increased contrast along with digital paintovers in various areas to fix flaws in the original painting.
A (stupid) portfolio type project I gave myself over the holidays. Here we have a kelpie returning to the depths of its icy lake with unwitting prey. This is why you don't jump on the backs of strange horses, kids! Things aren't always as they seem.
I didn't intend for the image to turn out this way, but rather made it up as I went along. I have been struggling between a more realistic approach and stylization... I'd like to push the contrast more, since all I get is a kind of awkward final image.
This was drawn/painted using Derwent's Graphitint pencils, which are lightly tinted watersoluble graphite pencils. Final details were added with watercolor and white acrylic. So... a "sort of" experiment, if you will. Someday I'll get better (THIS YEAR?)
I'll be getting back to posting commissioned work soon, since I have new nibs/renewed energy/scanner/etc.
Approximately 4.75" x 10", graphtint pencils, watercolor, acrylic on Stonehenge paper. Comments and critique encouraged.
Ahem. *coughs* First, I must apologize for all of the people I need to get back to, and that I still have to address my notes. I'll get to them at some point.
Second, I must apologize to *kalmanen for the amount of time it took for me to complete this piece. Did I mention how slowly I work? (There's no excuse for it, so I must get better at working more efficiently!) She commissioned this piece to commemorate her sister's beloved Irish wolfhound, Romeo, and wanted me to include a pallanoph reincarnation of him. So I have to say I'm quite honored to have my own creations included in such a tribute. Might I also say how much I adore Irish wolfhounds? Such amazing animals! The two spirits manifest are here, frolicking in a sort of Elysium, an eternally sunlit meadow.
That aside, this piece was something I really wanted to get just right, especially given the challenge I provided myself with: I'd never encountered such difficulty painting a light colored animal before! *gasp* The background was easily the most relaxing part.
So, I really hope this looks alright to you, *kalmanen. Thank you so very much for your patience... you should have thrown so many bricks, because I totally deserved it!
Golden brand acrylics and watercolor on Arches hot press 140 lb watercolor paper, 14" x 17" (35.5 x 43 cm) I have no idea how many hours this took, so I'm afraid I can't furnish you with an answer. Will "forever" suffice?